The Green Papers
2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright New Hampshire Republican
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 8 January 2008
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
McCain, John Sidney, III88,571  37.01%7  58.33%12 100.00%
Romney, Mitt75,546  31.57%4  33.33% 
Huckabee, Michael Dale "Mike"26,859  11.22%1   8.33% 
Giuliani, Rudolph William20,439   8.54%  
Paul, Ronald Ernest "Ron"18,308   7.65%  
Write-in4,464   1.87%  
Thompson, Fred Dalton2,894   1.21%  
Hunter, Duncan1,225   0.51%  
Scattering227   0.09%  
Keyes, Alan L.203   0.08%  
Marchuk, Stephen W.124   0.05%  
Tancredo, Thomas Gerald "Tom"80   0.03%  
Cort, Hugh, III53   0.02%  
O'Connor, Cornelius Edward45   0.02%  
Howard, Albert44   0.02%  
Wuensche, Vernon Edgar "Vern"44   0.02%  
Supreme, Vermin41   0.02%  
Cox, John H.39   0.02%  
Gilbert, Daniel Ayers33   0.01%  
Mitchell, James Creighton, Jr.30   0.01%  
Shepard, Jack27   0.01%  
Klein, Mark Irwin19   0.01%  
Fendig, H. Neal "Cap", Jr.13   0.01%  
Total239,328 100.00%12 100.00%12 100.00%

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The write-in votes include: Clinton: 1,743; Obama: 1,800; Edwards: 696; Richardson: 191; Kucinich: 13; Crow: 7; Biden: 5 ; Gravel: 5; Hunter, D.R.: 3; LaMagna: 1; Caligiuri: 0; Capalbo: 0; Dodd: 0; Hewes: 0; Hughes: 0; Keefe: 0 ; Killeen: 0; Koos: 0; Laughlin: 0; Savior: 0; Skok: 0.

Here's how we compute the delegate count (based on certified returns from an official source):

  1. A candidate must receive 10% or more of the popular vote to be eligible for delegates. McCain, Romney, and Huckabee meet this requirement.
  2. The number of delegates = 12 (or 21) (candidate's popular vote) (total popular vote) rounded to the nearest whole number.
  3. Assign the remaining delegates to the candidate receiving the most votes (Reference RSA 659:93). The remainder go to McCain.

The Hard and Soft Delegates tallies are computed with the assumption that sanctions are applied and 12 delegates will be seated at the National Convention.


The Alternative Soft Delegate tally is computed with the assumption that no sanctions are applied and 21 delegates will be seated at the National Convention.



On 8 November 2007, the RNC made a determination that New Hampshire's Tuesday 8 January 2008 primary violates Republican Party Rule Number 16. The rule states that the process of selecting National Convention Delegates must not begin before Tuesday 5 February 2008. New Hampshire is sanctioned 50% of their delegation hence, the number of delegates is decreased from 24 to 12. The eliminated positions include the 3 automatic delegates (State Chair, National Committeewoman and National Committeeman). will be tracking delegate counts as both "Soft" (here assuming that relevant delegations will remain sanctioned into the National Convention [that is: with half the originally allocated delegates to be seated at the Republican National Convention]) and as "Alternative" (here assuming that the full delegation of an affected jurisdiction- as originally allocated before being sanctioned- is eventually to be seated [that is, at some point before the Convention, sanctions will be lifted]) from now until the Party's National Convention convenes or until no delegation is any longer sanctioned, if this should occur prior to the Convention.

Tuesday 8 January 2008: All 12 (pre-penalty 21 of 24) of New Hampshire's delegates to the Republican National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's New Hampshire Primary.

  • 12 (pre-penalty 21) National Convention delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide. A 10% threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates in the New Hampshire Presidential Primary.

In addition, 0 (pre-penalty 3) party leaders, the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the New Hampshire's Republican Party, will attend the convention as unpledged delegates by virtue of their position.

Date of Presidential Primary (Reference RSA 653:9):

  • The presidential primary election shall be held on the second Tuesday in March or on a date selected by the secretary of state which is 7 days or more immediately preceding the date on which any other state shall hold a similar election, whichever is earlier, of each year when a president of the United States is to be elected or the year previous.

Delegate computation (Reference RSA 659:93):

  • Candidates must receive at least 10% of the statewide vote to be allocated any delegates.
  • Allocate delegates based on the 12 (pre-penalty 21) × candidate's vote ÷ statewide vote. Round any fractional allocation to the nearest whole number of delegates.
  • Any delegate positions that remain open (as a result of threshold or rounding) are awarded to the candidate with the highest statewide vote total.

National Committeeman and Committeewoman (References from: Bylaws of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, Article III)

  • The National Committeeman and Committeewoman shall be elected by a majority vote of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee at the Republican State Committee meeting immediately prior to the Republican National Convention.
  • The National Committeeman and Committeewoman shall have the same responsibility along with the Chairman to represent New Hampshires interest on the National Committee and to work to preserve our first in the nation primary. During all Presidential and State Primaries the Committeeman and Committeewoman must remain strictly neutral and may not publicly or privately support, assist or endorse any one candidate over another.


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